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European Commission Introduces Decreased and Variable MIP on Solar Cells and Modules from Mainland China, Attracting Fierce Criticism from EU Industry

6 Oct 2017

As of 2 October 2017, the European Commission has replaced the original price undertaking on solar cells and solar modules from mainland China by a new, reduced and variable minimum import price (MIP)...Read More


European Commission Mulls over Proposal for Withholding Tax on Online Sales in Framework of the ‘Digital Economy’

6 Oct 2017

On 21 September 2017, the European Commission launched a new agenda on the taxation of the digital economy. A key concern is to ensure that companies with a significant digital presence pay an effecti...Read More


EU Reform of Energy Labelling of Products Enters into Force

6 Oct 2017

The EU’s reform of the energy labelling rules for energy-related products has entered into force, with the requirements for Hong Kong and other manufacturers and suppliers to be ushered in over a stag...Read More


European Commission Opens Public Consultation on Further Defining Nanomaterials for Application in Future Laws to Regulate Them

6 Oct 2017

With a view to preparing a revised Recommendation which it intends to adopt, the European Commission called for public feedback on the EU’s existing Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial on...Read More


Member States Launch SVHC Project “Ask REACH” to Raise Consumer Awareness of Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products

6 Oct 2017

The German Federal Environment Agency (the UBA), in cooperation with 19 other entities in 12 EU Member States, intends to raise awareness on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in consumer article...Read More


EU Publishes Report on Serious Risks Detected in Relation to Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials EU-wide

6 Oct 2017

The European Commission has recently published extended data and charts of the issues notified to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) during 2016, while the RASFF 2016 annual report is be...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

6 Oct 2017

Barium carbonate with a strontium content of more than 0.07% by weight and a sulphur content of more than 0.0015% by weight, whether in powder, pressed granular or calcined granular form, currently fa...Read More


Official Journal Summary

6 Oct 2017

Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (concerning certain oranges)....Read More


European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe: Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable

22 Sept 2017

On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and se...Read More


European Commission Puts Forward New Compromise Proposal on Anti-dumping Rules, Specifically Addressing Concerns on Burden of Proof

22 Sept 2017

As the trilogue talks (negotiations between the European Commission, Parliament and Member States) on the new EU anti-dumping rules continue, the final reform of the EU’s anti-dumping legislation is a...Read More


Solar Panels: EU Member States Back New and Reduced MIP, While Commission Removes Two Chinese Solar Producers from Price Undertaking

22 Sept 2017

On 7 September 2017, the EU Member States’ trade representatives voted on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the minimum import price (MIP) at which exporting producers from mainland China a...Read More


Stricter Ecodesign Requirements and Energy Labelling Rules for Vacuum Cleaners Enter into Force

22 Sept 2017

As from 1 September 2017, Hong Kong traders selling electrical appliances within the EU must comply with stricter ecodesign requirements in the case of vacuum cleaners, and ensure that they use the up...Read More


Timetable for Lead Exemptions in Car Parts Nears Adoption

22 Sept 2017

Hong Kong sellers of car parts may like to know that the presence of lead in certain vehicle parts will be permitted in the EU over the next two to seven years under European Commission proposals, whi...Read More


Electronics Fall under Spotlight in Sweden in New Consultation on Certain Hazardous Substances

22 Sept 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) concluded a stakeholder consultation on the potential for substitution of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electric and electron...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

22 Sept 2017

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) as described in Article 1 of Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/367 and Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/366. See, ...Read More


Official Journal Summary

22 Sept 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1570 of 15 September 2017 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/366 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/367 imposing definitive countervailing and a...Read More


European Commission Publishes Notice on Market Surveillance of Products Sold Online

8 Sept 2017

A Commission Notice on the market surveillance of products sold online has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Notice is important for Hong Kong traders selling all kinds...Read More


New EU Green Public Procurement Criteria for Furniture Published

8 Sept 2017

On 10 August 2017, the European Commission published new EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for furniture, an area with a high annual spend by public authorities in the European Union. The EU ...Read More


EU Adopts New Regulations on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Allergens and a Colorant

8 Sept 2017

On 3 and 4 August 2017, the European Commission published two new regulations, Commission Regulation 2017/1410 and Commission Regulation 2017/1413. Both are aimed at revising Regulation 1223/2009, whi...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of Wireless Charging Plates, Shower Curtain Rods and LED Dental Lights

8 Sept 2017

During the month of August, the Official Journal published 3 new regulations classifying goods in the Combined Nomenclature, thus affecting their customs duties and descriptions. These goods consist o...Read More

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